Champions Again: Softball Season Recap

  The Florida Atlantic University softball team enjoyed another outstanding season in 2018, capped off by its second Conference USA regular season title in three years. more  

Joan Joyce

Head Coach

Florida Atlantic University Head Softball Coach Joan Joyce is one of those rare people to enjoy success as both a player and a coach. After concluding an illustrious playing career that spanned parts of four decades in numerous sports, Joan Joyce was named head coach at FAU in 1994. Joyce is the only head coach Florida Atlantic softball has had in its 21-year history. Under Joyce the program’s accomplishments are unparalleled: eight-consecutive Conference Championships (1997-2004)–11 in all (2006, 2007, 2016)–and eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1997-2004)–11 in all (2006, 2015, 2016).

 

Joyce began planting the seeds of success immediately upon taking the reins of FAU softball. She spent nine months creating a program from scratch, and the result was an impressive 33-18 record in year one. Not only did that first year earn Joyce her first A-Sun Coach of the Year award, but she was also named Palm Beach County Coach of the Year.

 

The building effort continued in 1996, as the team finished 37-32 and advanced to its second-straight A-Sun tournament. That year also saw Joyce take on the role of Senior Woman Administrator at FAU, a position she held until 2001.

 

The record run of championships began in 1997 with not only the program’s first conference championship, but FAU’s first A-Sun title in any sport. That success resulted in Joyce’s second A-Sun Coach of the Year award. In 1998, the team repeated as A-Sun champions. more

 

 

Chan Walker

Associate Head Coach

Chan Walker returned to FAU in January 2006 after a four-year hiatus. Walker was an instrumental part of building the program as both a player (1995-96) and assistant coach (1998-2001). Her versatility and willingness to help anyone is a true asset to Coach Joyce and to any student-athlete who has the pleasure of working with her.

 

In 2002 she served as American Heritage High School’s assistant coach, ran clinics, camps and conducted private lessons. She served as fellow FAU alumnus Amy Alderman’s assistant coach at Lynn University from 2002-2004, while also working in public child care.

 

Her return to FAU and to college coaching brings back someone who knows the ins and outs of college athletics and the Owls. She will primarily focus on the hitters and outfielders, as well as handle the responsibilities of equipment, travel and administrative tasks. She brings to the program an awareness of the fielding techniques needed to be a successful softball outfielder. more

 

 

Troy Whitt

Assistant Coach

Troy Whitt joined the Florida Atlantic University softball program in the fall of 2016 after coaching at the high school and travel ball levels since 2009. Whitt brings years of experience in the sport along with a personal touch.

 

A native of Grayson, Kentucky, Whitt earned a baseball scholarship to St. Pete Junior College; where he also played basketball for a season. After his junior college days, Whitt earned a baseball scholarship to the University of South Florida where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Upon leaving college, Whitt worked as an insurance salesman for four years before starting his own insurance agency in 1993. He helped grow his business into a Top-5 insurance agency in the U.S. for Medicare Insurance from 1996-2004.

 

From 2009-2014, Whitt coached Team North Florida in the 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18 Gold travel and summer league divisions. He led his teams to multiple Top-10 finishes in various tournaments; including first place finishes at the NSA Florida State Championship in 2009 and NSA Florida Winter Nationals in 2010. In six years coaching the teams, he developed 50 Division I softball scholarship players; 14 of which have played in the WCWS. Whitt coached the Trinity Catholic High School softball team from 2013-14 as well. more

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